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History 101

The 'Black Filth' of Santa Barbara

Adding sewer pipes cleaned up State Street in the 1880s, for a while. Read story.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stearns Wharf This Past Half-Century

Since World War II, Santa Barbara's wharf evolved from a center of shipping to serving visitors. Read story.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Santa Barbara's Aviation History

Early flights involved stunts and daring, and attracted crowds. Read story.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Two Years Before the Mast

Richard Henry Dana saw bestial conditions on a trip aboard the Pilgrim. Read story.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Bandit Dick Fellows

Daring and ineptitude marked his career. Read story.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An Infamous, Unsolved Mystery

The Trabucco murder in 1881 involved robbery, torture, and accusations. Read story.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Antecedents of Arroyo Burro Beach

The Hendrys named a beach and a blacksmith's. Read story.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Percy Heckendorf: Prosecuted Chief of Police for Corruption

And the mayor for extorting money from city employees to fund his newspaper. Read story.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Santa Barbara's Postcard Souvenirs

Billions of cards were produced and sold around the turn of the previous century. Read story.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Man Who Named Orpet Park

A second-generation gardener, E. O. became Santa Barbara's most distinguished horticulturalist. Read story.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The History of Rattlesnake Canyon

The origins of both the names 'Rattlesnake' and 'Las Canoas' remain a mystery. Read story.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Origin of Heath Ranch Park

An arduous journey from New York brought Russel Heath finally to Carpinteria. Read story.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Paul Whiteman: The King of Jazz

From Puccini to Gershwin, he had an ear for talent. Read story.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Early Banks and Banking in Santa Barbara

The 19th century saw silver, gold, and even cattle hides used as media of exchange; paper currency and banks arrived later in the century. Read story.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Delights of Diehl's Grocery

John, Edward, and William Diehl's grocery story was known for dazzling displays of fresh and exotic items. Read story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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